Playing sport with braces

Can you Play Sports with Braces?

Playing Sports and Invisalign

Many parents have voiced their concern about their kids wearing orthodontic braces and participating in physical activities. Dr. Panucci assures us that wearing braces should not deter a child from participating in sports.

There are a few precautions that children wearing braces should take if they are participating in full contact sports.  They need to make sure they are wearing protective mouth guards.

There is the alternative of bubble wrapping your child, although it’s not highly recommended, watch the hilarious how to do video below:

Bubblewrap – Year Round

Invisalign is an excellent choice for active teens. Invisalign Teen gives you the benefits of straighter teeth without the hassle of metal braces. Because Invisalign is removable, the plastic aligners pop out very easily before heading out to the field or participating in other contact sports.

Whether you have Invisalign braces or conventional braces don’t let them stop you from participating in contact sports.

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Which are your preferred braces?

Traditional Metal Braces vs. Damon System Braces vs. Clear Aligners

Today you now have a choice in planning your orthodontic treatment! Taking a proactive part in designing your treatment can help you better understand how appliances work and why you should follow their strict instructions.  Since numerous types of appliances are now available, choosing among them might be hard for those who have little knowledge regarding their advantages and disadvantages. In order to prevent regrets during or after your treatment, it is best to gain broad awareness about orthodontic treatments.  Below is a good comparison of traditional metal braces and clear braces you can use as your guide. Invisalign v Braces

Examining each of them and comparing them with each other can help you calculate which option is best for you. By “best” we mean lesser pain, lesser discomfort, more convenience, lesser cost, and shorter treatment duration.  Since having all these advantages at once is hard to achieve given you have limited resources or other restrictions, you can pick which criteria you prefer the most such as price, duration, or convenience and base your decision on it.

Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are known for their strength and durability that can withstand the test of time for patients of all ages. These braces require an elastic rubber band, also called ligature, in order to connect or hold the archwire into the bracket. On the other hand, some orthodontists utilize metal tie wires instead of these elastic bands. These tie wires are twisted around the bracket thus enabling them to apply pressure on your teeth. This pressure will then slowly move your teeth to their desired positions over time.


These kind of braces are less expensive compared to the other types of braces thus it is the most commonly used worldwide to keep orthodontists overhead down.  You are allowed you to play with multi-colored ligatures that serve as decorations on your teeth when you smile.  Aside from that, an option for a darker ligature is also available for those who smoke or drink coffee in order to hide staining.


Traditional metal braces are easier to notice compared to the Damon System Bracket or Damon Clear Braces. Because of this, most teens and adults prefer the smaller Damon Braces or even clear aligners. Furthermore, since this type of braces is cemented on your teeth, proper brushing and cleaning is a must in order to prevent tooth decays.  Lastly, metal braces tend to be uncomfortable at first 3 weeks as your tongue, cheek, and lips get used to it.  The older bracket systems also require more force to get the teeth to move which translates to discomfort for the patient.  Because of this, Dr. Wilson has chosen to not use the older braces systems in his office due to less patient satisfaction upon completion of treatment and a less superior result that the Damon System

Damon System Braces

The Damon Bracket system is the leading orthodontic bracket on the market today.  It is the only “passive, self-ligating bracket” and has a special patent that no other braces system can reproduce.  It’s know for getting a more superior result in a shorter time with less discomfort.  It is the “Cadillac” of all braces systems out there today.  It’s also know for giving the patient a wider, more esthetic smile that can not be achieved with other braces systems.


The advantages over traditional braces or the old bracket systems are many.  Just to list a few:  Smaller bracket, more hygienic, less discomfort, faster treatment times, fewer appointments, a broader/fuller smile, along with many more advantages.


It is the most expensive braces system out there, which is why most orthodontists don’t use it because it increases their overhead.  However, Dr. Wilson has elected NOT to charge a premium or increase his fees because of this since he is able to finish his patients faster and in fewer appointments so this decreases the time needed for each patient as far as overall chair time, which tends to wash out his increased overhead on the bracket.  Thus, this creates a built-in savings for the patient.

Clear Aligners

Having clear braces is a good option for those who don’t have the confidence to wear metal braces. Clear braces are made up of plastic and the most common brand is Invisalign. Unlike metal braces, clear braces or aligners need to be replaced once every two weeks.


The main advantage of using clear braces is cosmetic. Patients are conscious regarding how they look when friends and families notice their weird appliances such as palatal expander, metal braces, or metal retainers. Aside from that, since clear aligners are removable, it will be easier for you to clean the appliances as well as your teeth. You can even remove them when playing instruments, swimming, or engaging in sports.


Because of its convenience and comfort, clear braces are slightly more expensive compared to other types of braces.  They are also more fragile so handling them carefully is a must in order not to break them.  Furthermore, there’s a higher risk of losing them since you can easily remove them and misplace your braces case or holder.  However, Invisalign Teen has 6 replacement aligners for free built in.

Dr. Wilson is a leading orthodontist in Gainesville GA and is an Invisalign Premier Preferred Provider.

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To Smile or Not to Smile that is the Question

“Is a smile a question? Or is it the answer?”

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Beach Braces Smile Quote #15 “Is a smile a question? Or is it the answer?”

Smiling is most definitely an answer. Sometimes when asking a question a smile is all that it takes. Think of all the times in the past couple days that you smiled.

In these instances when you smiled were you content with what you had discovered?  Is this what caused your boost in joy? Or was it because someone made you laugh and you were joyed with the feeling that it gave to you.

We respond to situations with our emotions, be it happy or sad. When we smile its because we are feeling something and we are sure that what is being felt is making us happy or we appreciate the nature of it.

Smiling is the answer for many things, but we need to start using it more often. In a place where there is no smiling, people will become hard and calloused in their hearts. It should be our goal to go to these places and share our joy with them.

Since laughter and smiles are contagious, we should desire to bring that to people who are without happiness. Of course there is a place and a time for everything, but if you feel that you could brighten someone’s day with a smile, by all means smile away!

You might be the only person that day who has tried to boost their spirits and in the end you could have made them very happy. The question shouldn’t be if we should share our smiles with one another. The question should be how.

How can we spread positivity with a smile to others?  Start by just smiling at people. Chances are they will return the favor with a smile.  When you are comfortable with telling jokes, share them with some friends and see their faces change from a blank stare to completely happiness. Whatever you do, be happy and share that smile with everyone!

Unfortunately many people cover their smile with their hand, as they don’t feel comfortable with their smile and don’t wish to wear braces. A good alternative are clear braces, named Invisalign, adults especially feel most at ease using these clear braces.

You can call our office for more information.

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“Most Smiles are Started by Another Smile”

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Beach Braces Smile Quote #10 “Most Smiles are Started by Another Smile”

Here is a test for you.  Go to, click images, and then type smile in the search bar.  Look at  the first 100 images.  Naturally after seeing so many smiles, one cannot help but smile themselves.  Let’s face it smiling is contagious.  Now just start smiling at someone.

See their reaction?   They are either going to immediately start smiling back, or they are going to ask what is wrong with you while they are smiling.

Just a small little gesture can affect so many people.  There are some that choose not to smile because they think their teeth are not beautiful enough for a smile.  With corrective braces and other orthodontic options, you too can have a beautiful smile to share with others.

There was a girl who would smile in all her school pictures up until the time that she was in the third grade and other people started making fun of her.  From then on she wouldn’t smile for pictures and if she would smile in person, she would just put her hand in front of her mouth.  Her parents took her to an orthodontist for a consultation.

In about 2 weeks she had a mouth full of metal and hopes of one day having a smile that she could be proud of.  A couple years later she was able to take the braces off.  The first time that she saw her smile, she couldn’t believe that it was hers.  Now in every picture that you see of her she has her teeth showing and is very happy.

In fact, she smiles all the time.  If you are like this girl, why not give Beach Braces a chance and schedule a consultation.  You too can have the smile of your dreams and share happiness with a smile with the world.

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“A Smile is the Universal Welcome”

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Beach Braces Smile Quote  #6 “A Smile is the Universal Welcome”

Studies say that it takes more muscles to produce a frown than a smile.  Why spend all that time and energy on something so negative?  If you want to appear more positive and appealing to others a smile is the best place to start.  However, not everyone is born with the perfect smile.  With medical and technological advances now there are options for correction in our smile.  You have the option to get metal braces, clear braces, and invisalign.  Not only that, but the orthodontist can help with dental hygiene in order to keep your smile as bright as possible.  Getting corrective dental assistance will help you feel more comfortable with your smile.  When you are comfortable with your own smile you will also feel more comfortable with yourself, making it easier to meet others.  If you want to feel more comfortable with yourself and your smile, take the steps to getting a consultation and ultimately a better smile.  Think of all the things a smile will get you as opposed to the frown you have now.  Make the first move, call for a consultation today!

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Family & Friends Invisalign Day

(New Invisalign Patients only)

Friday, February 1st 9:00 am- 1:00pm

Beach Braces Invisalign Day

Dr. Patricia Panucci will be providing FREE consultations to answer your questions about Invisalign treatment, the clear way to straighten teeth. If you have wondered if Invisalign is right for you, make an appointment for this special event.

Space is limited to the first 10 consultations

  *New Exclusive Impressionless Technology with the iTero scanner (no more goop!)



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*Complimentary whitening with Invisalign treatment

*Down payment matching with dollar value up to $500

OR One time 10% Paid-In-Full courtesy


Call today to schedule your Invisalign Consultation click here or

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Invisalign vs. Braces

The idea of wearing metal braces is not very appealing to anyone, regardless of age.  Invisalign is the new buzzword in braces and orthodontic technology.  Both teens and adults have shown a great deal of interest in Invisalign braces because they are known as invisible aligners. These Invisalign braces are available through officially designated Invisalign orthodontists like Dr. Patricia Panucci of Beach Braces.

The mere idea that you could wear clear, invisible braces will peak the interest of almost everyone. If you are wondering how teeth alignment occurs with these invisible aligners, then you will want to read this article.

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  • How effective are Invisalign braces compared to normal braces?
  • Do they take longer to achieve teeth alignment?
  • What are the side effects or other issues that are related to Invisalign braces?

How Effective Are Invisalign Braces Compared to Normal Braces?

This is the most important question one might ask and you will be surprised with the answer. The myth is that Invisalign is not nearly as effective as normal braces. However, that is not true at all. In fact, almost always Invisalign will achieve equally ideal results as traditional metal braces.

Invisalign braces align the teeth by gently nudging them into the preferred position, based on a series of predetermined intervals designed by your orthodontist using computer technology, 3D modeling, and virtual reality. With traditional braces, the adjustments are obtained mainly by pulling the teeth with the wires and brackets placed by the orthodontist.

Do They Take Longer to Achieve Teeth Alignment?

In the majority of cases, your custom-made clear aligners can achieve the same result as traditional braces in a similar amount of time (6-36 months).  For best results and a timely outcome, you should wear your Invisalign aligners 22 hours per day, throughout your entire treatment.

What Are The Side Effects or Other Issues That Are Related to Invisalign Braces?

Invisible or clear braces slide over your teeth, much like a thin shield of clear plastic that is nearly undetectable. Because of the way these braces fit there isn’t a risk of discoloration or irritation. In addition, they can be easily removed easily for proper oral hygiene.

You can easily see why Invisalign braces are taking the world by storm.  They are the clear alternative to braces!

Dr. Patricia Panucci is the Invisalign Preferred Provider in Manhattan Beach. To see if you are a good candidate for Invisalign, contact her office today.

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Invisalign Teen – What Parents Should Know

Braces – parents often meet resistance when their teens are told they require braces. Finally, there’s a solution that will make everyone happy. Invisalign – the invisible braces for teens. No longer does your teen have to cope with name-calling thanks to big ugly metal braces. No one will ever know they are even wearing braces.

Modern orthodontic offices are making it much simpler for teens to have their crooked teeth treated in a manner that’s almost as easy as going shopping with their friends. The generation of today wants more than just a solution for crooked teeth. They want a full makeover that is going to have them not only looking totally different and they want to make sure they are following current fashion trends.


The teenager of today who finds themselves facing dental issues can now turn to Invisalign braces for innovative treatments that will have them with beautiful teeth in no time.

Today’s teens are given a number of excellent treatment choices for wearing braces. These include invisible teeth aligners, tooth coloring, and more. Today’s teens no longer have to wear those bothersome traditional metal braces that left them self-conscious and impinging on their personality around their peers.

Here are just a few of the benefits Invisalign Teen braces have to offer teenagers and their parents.

invisalign teen preferred provider - manhattan beach Ca1.     No longer is there a need for those continuous visits to the orthodontist. There will be a visit at the six-week mark to talk about the progress of the teeth alignment and acquiring the next aligner set level. These spaced out visits are convenient for teens and parents alike.

2.     The Invisalign braces offer teens both durability and convenience. No worries when it comes to running, swimming, playing, or other physical activities. Now activities that couldn’t be done with metal braces are no longer a problem. These braces are also easy to clean along with the teenager’s original teeth.

3.     Teens are easily accepted with their Invisalign Teen because they do not affect their appearance, which is very important to teens. In fact, because Invisalign braces are clear they are invisible and many times their friends have no idea that they are even wearing braces.

4.     Teens like Invisalign braces because they are aesthetically pleasing. This way they get the perfect teeth they want but without the embarrassment of those ugly metal braces.

5.     Teens heading off to college love the Invisalign braces because they can easily remove them anytime they wish to and then can be worn again without an orthodontist visit. These clear braces are completely invisible and so they don’t clash with what your teen is wearing or their personality.

6.     The teenager can wear the set of Invisalign braces for a few weeks, and then when it is time they can graduate to the next set level. This results in movements that are gradual and in small increment towards the direction the teeth are being trained to move. The teeth aligners move easily for cleaning, which is certainly a benefit over the metal braces where it is difficult to clean the original teeth.

Contact Beach Braces to see if you qualify for Invisalign Teen and to schedule your free orthodontic consultation by clicking here today!

Patricia J. Panucci DmD, MS • Invisalign Teen Preferred Provider in Manhattan Beach and the South Bay area.

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Manhattan Beach Orthodontist, Dr. Patricia J Panucci Now a Preferred Invisalign Provider

Invisalign Preferred ProviderManhattan Beach CA –May 21, 2012- Dr. Patricia J. Panucci is proud to announce that her Manhattan Beach Orthodontic Office, Beach Braces, is now one of Southern California’s preferred providers for Invisalign treatment. As a highly qualified orthodontic specialist, Dr. Panucci and her team at Beach Braces make their number one goal to provide the highest quality orthodontic care in a family-based, high-technology practice. They do this by using proven state-of-the-art technology to enhance the orthodontic experience which includes the Invisalign clear aligner teeth straightening method. This unique method is an affordable and wearer friendly alternative to traditional bracket braces.

“Our mission is to serve our patients with quality orthodontic care in a fun and friendly environment where patients feel at home. We always employ the latest technologies to educate our patients and specialize our treatment for each patient’s needs, creating confident smiles. The Beach Braces Team is dedicated to providing an impeccable patient experience that begins with the very first phone call and lasts a lifetime, because everyone should love to smile, “says Dr. Panucci.

Beach Braces offer a unique orthodontic experience in Manhattan Beach, CA that is fun, affordable, interactive and effective. Combining the right mix of personal care, high technology and continuing education, we maintain a commitment to our patients in every facet of our practice. Because of this commitment to new and existing patients, Beach Braces has launched a new user-friendly website,


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Dr. Patricia J Panucci is an orthodontic specialist offering Invisalign & Invisalign Teen, Lingual Braces and more in Manhattan Beach, CA and in the South Bay area of Southern California including Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, as well as surrounding areas including Hawthorne and El Segundo. For more information on Dr. Panucci and Beach Braces, please visit,

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